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How AudioFetch Creates a Welcoming Environment with Assistive Listening Solutions

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Whether you’re a restaurant serving food to guests, a travel group providing tours, a church serving your members, or an organization hosting an event, you have one universal goal in mind–you want every person to have a positive experience so they’ll come back again and/or tell their friends about it. 

Businesses and organizations go to great lengths to provide this positive experience, but there’s one area they often overlook–accessibility. 

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), some 38 million American adults over the age of 18 report some trouble hearing. That’s approximately 15% of people that could be struggling to hear when they’re at your establishment. 

You can make your establishment more accessible to those with hearing impairments by using our next-gen assistive listening solutions. Following are three ways AudioFetch can help your business or organization create a more welcoming environment for customers and guests:

1. No Hearing Aids Required

Lots of people don’t wear hearing aids when they need them. In fact, according to the  International Journal of Audiology, a whopping 80% of 55-74 year olds 55-74 don’t. That’s a lot of people who’ve made a conscious decision to go without a device that could benefit their lives. 

Why would they do such a thing, you ask? Well, there are numerous reasons people don’t wear hearing aids when they should. For some, they find hearing aids bulky or uncomfortable. For others, it makes them feel old or embarrassed. And for still more, they simply forget to bring it out with them. Whatever the reasons, not wearing a hearing aid when someone needs one can leave them feeling left out and isolated, a negative experience you don’t want them to have at your business.

Our assistive listening solutions eliminate all of those reasons. All the listener needs is their smartphone (which we all know no one ever forgets to bring out!) and headphones. 

2. No Asking to Use a Shared Device

Even when an establishment provides assistive listening devices, people oftentimes won’t ask for one. Again, the reasons here can be myriad–they don’t want to call attention to themselves and their hearing loss, they don’t know the devices are available, or, more common these days, they don’t want to use a device that may have been touched by others. 

AudioFetch solves this problem. Since listeners use their own smartphone and headphones to hear the audio, they don’t need to ask for or handle any additional devices. AudioFetch is ideal as an assistive listening system for churches, theaters, and schools and educational facilities. Travel and tourism businesses also benefit from replacing their shared hearing devices with our wireless tour guide system.

3. No Tech Skills Needed

If you know how to download and open an app, you know how to use AudioFetch. 

Listeners simply search for AudioFetch in the app store (or scan the QR code on signage we provide), download the app, and then open it. If there’s only a single audio channel, they’ll hear it immediately. If there are multiple channels, they simply select the one they want (which is easy to determine with the signage we also provide!) and listen in. 

Listeners will never be asked to enter any personal information. They’ll never be asked to create an account. They’ll never be asked to do anything but sit back and enjoy the sound! 

At AudioFetch, we’re devoted to helping people with hearing loss or impairment stay connected with the world around them, and helping businesses create a more welcoming environment for these individuals.  If you have questions about how AudioFetch can be used for assistive listening at your establishment, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping your business create a more welcoming environment for everyone. 

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New Technology for a New Normal

By | Churches, Education, Fitness Centers, Hearing Assistance, Restaurants, Sports Bars, Tour Guides, Translation | No Comments

We’re all eager to return to some semblance of normalcy in our daily and public lives. Yet, with new more contagious and more deadly variants of COVID-19 spreading across the globe, that possibility keeps getting further and further away. And even when the world does get a handle on this pandemic, and public businesses and events can resume at full capacity, it won’t be what we all consider “normal” for a long time

In this new normal, people will be extremely cautious when it comes to patronizing businesses or attending public events. We’ve gotten used to the regulations. They not only provide safety from a physical standpoint–wearing masks and standing farther apart makes it more difficult for disease-carrying saliva droplets to land on others–they also provide emotional safety by making us feel safer and protected from the things we can’t fully control. Once the pandemic is controlled, the physical aspects go away quickly, but the emotional ones will stick around for a long while.

Even if businesses do open back up at full capacity and all regulations are lifted this year, it’s wise to continue providing safety measures for your customers and guests, allowing them to feel more comfortable and confident at your establishment. 

Our audio over WiFi streaming solutions can help your business provide these safety measures now, and in a post-pandemic world. Following are three ways our technology can help in the new normal. 

Continued Social Distancing 

Our wireless tour guide system lets tour guides broadcast their voice to anyone within 300 feet in any direction. This allows for ample distance between tour group attendees, and provides your business with a responsible and marketable advantage. 

At restaurants and sports bars, AudioFetch allows you to broadcast audio from muted TVs to your customers’ smartphones and tablets. No need to gather around a single TV to hear the audio, or even have tables grouped nearby. Customers can hear the TV audio anywhere in the building or patio seating by using the free AudioFetch app. This allows everyone to maintain a safe, comfortable distance from others, while enjoying the entertainment, the food and drinks, and the community experience. 

Less Shared Equipment

Even pre-pandemic, hearing assistive devices and transmitters were always a pain to keep clean. Post-pandemic, customers and guests will be less willing to use a shared device. At best, this creates a less enjoyable experience; at worst, they’ll look for another venue that is more welcoming and accommodating. 

AudioFetch solves this problem. Since listeners use their own smartphone and headphones to hear the audio, you don’t need to provide (or maintain!) any additional devices. AudioFetch is ideal as an assistive listening system for churches, theaters, and schools and educational facilities, or as a translation streaming solution. Tour groups also benefit from replacing their shared hearing devices with their attendees’ smartphones and the AudioFetch app.

Fewer Surfaces to Touch

For fitness centers and gyms, instead of using entertainment screens attached to cardio machines or allowing anyone to control shared TVs or sound systems, members use their own smartphones to listen to TV audio or music throughout the club. This reduces the number of surfaces that members come into contact with at the club. It also limits the amount of equipment that must be disinfected by your staff throughout the day. 

In addition to tour groups, sports bars, churches, theaters, schools and fitness centers, AudioFetch can benefit numerous other types of businesses and organizations that want to help their guests hear better and feel safer. Call us today at 1-844-443-3824 or schedule a meeting to discuss how your business can use new technology for a new normal. 

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6 Types of Social Distancing Tours

By | Tour Guides, Travel | No Comments

After being locked indoors for several months, staring at screens for entertainment, people are itching to get out of the house and experience something in real life. Yet, travelers are still concerned about their health and safety. While some people are venturing out in wider areas, they remain cautious of the places they’re visiting and the people they’re interacting with. 

To help assuage travelers’ safety concerns and provide the necessary precautions, travel and tourism brands are leveraging our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming technology. 

AudioFetch helps create extra space for social distancing by allowing attendees to hear the guide via their smartphone, rather than crowding around in a group. And since they’re using their own smartphone, not a device provided to them by the tour, it limits the number of surfaces that individuals come into contact with (and limits the items the tour company has to sanitize after each tour!). 

Since lockdown restrictions began lifting earlier this summer, we’ve worked with numerous travel and tourism brands to help them create social distance tours. Some of the unique uses we’ve found are:

Factory Tours

Whether they’re for educational, entertainment or inspection purposes, factory tours can be made safer and more enjoyable with a wireless tour guide system. Not only does the system eliminate the need to provide devices that must be sanitized, it allows all attendees to remain six feet apart and still hear the tour guide. 

City Tours

Even traveling down the street can seem like a major adventure these days. And that’s why local city tours have been a hot trend this summer. Tours Accolde is using AudioFetch to provide guided walking tours in Quebec City and Lévis, Canada, showing off the local history, architecture, culture and lifestyle. 

Brewery Tours

This is a big one in our home state of Colorado! Breweries big and small run tours of their facilities for a sneak peek into the machinery and processes required for a perfect pint. Just like factories, breweries can be loud places that make it difficult for tour guides to hear and be heard. Our technology allows anyone with a smartphone to hear, AND to maintain a safe social distance. 

Garden Tours

Outdoor destinations have been deemed a safer alternative to indoor destinations, and many travel spots are beefing up their outdoor garden tours to provide this option. Whether it’s botanic gardens that are limiting tours to only their outdoor attractions, or indoor tours that are making the typically overlooked garden portion the main event. 

Architecture Tours

New River Architecture offers waterway cruises using electric-powered boats to guide visitors through the architecture and landscape of Fort Lauderdale, the “Venice of America.” Using AudioFetch and the open air venue, New River Architecture will provide a safer alternative to indoor tours. 

College Campus Tours

Prospective students and freshmen are typically treated to a campus-wide tour of all the new facilities they can visit. These tours can still take place by using wireless tour guide technology that permits people to keep a safe distance, while still hearing the every word the tour guide says. 

If you have questions about how AudioFetch allows you to run tours more responsibly with our tour guide system app, people do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you get your tour business back up and running, and doing so in the safest way possible.

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8 Summer Listening Ideas for Businesses Using Wireless Audio Streaming

By | Business, Churches, Dining, Fitness Centers, Music, Restaurants, Sports Bars, Tour Guides, Travel | No Comments

Summer is finally here! And while it may not be the one you were anticipating for your business, there are still plenty of ways to help your customers and guests enjoy the sun and the company of friends and family, and grow your business. 

Following are 8 ideas for providing summer listening entertainment for your customers:

1. Drive-In Movies

Drive-ins are making a come-back in a big way! Whether it’s your traditional drive-in movie theater with a gigantic stationary screen and set parking spaces or a mobile movie night in your parking lot or a nearby park, drive-ins are allowing the community to come together in a responsible way and allowing businesses to generate some revenue and some goodwill.

We’ve been working with all types of businesses to offer drive-in services over the past few months. Like Vanderwende Farm Creamery in Bridgeville, Delaware. Vanderwende is a family-owned and -operated dairy farm and creamery. They’ve started hosting drive-ins at their farm to create a fun and responsible event for the community, and to share their love of ice cream. We’re predicting movie + ice cream as the hot new trend this summer (or maybe just hoping!). 

2. Bar & Restaurant Patios

Who wants to eat indoors in the summer anyway?! Patio beers are really what summer is all about! 

Many bars and restaurants are beginning to reopen for dine-in services across the globe, and they’re getting creative with setting up outdoor spaces to promote safe social distances. 

With our audio over wifi streaming technology, you can provide entertainment options to patrons seated on the patio or anywhere throughout the restaurant. Another option is to install personal viewing TV monitors at each table for easier and safer entertainment options for individual parties. 

3. Outdoor Church Services

Churches were forced to adopt drive-in services over the past few months, but many are finding their members like being outdoors to enjoy the sun and warm weather. Even now that some services can resume indoors, it can be a fresh and fun option to continue hosting parking lot services or even a picnic service on a grassy expanse or nearby park. 

Our FM Transmitter makes broadcasting church services painless to anyone in their cars with a radio handy. For a more tech-savvy solution, AudioFetch allows you to broadcast those same services to your members’ smartphones or tablets, and is also ideal for assistive listening and translation services whether indoors or out! 

4. Music Festivals

Sadly, Lollapalooza and many other large music festivals have been cancelled this summer. Yet, some smaller and more localized festivals are still able to move forward. With a variety of safety precautions, of course.

A key safety precaution that music festivals can leverage is allowing attendees to stream the music through their smartphones. Attendees won’t have to squeeze in around the stage or even be in sight of the speakers to hear the music. They can maintain the appropriate distance from each other, and still get the music experience. 

6. Zoos

With acres and acres of outdoors spaces, zoos can be a safer option for an entertaining and educational outing this summer. To further reduce the amount of contact that guests have with staff, wireless audio streaming technology can be employed. 

Guests can listen in on their smartphones or tablets to hear from a zoo guide as they move through the facility together, or they can tune in at specific exhibits to learn more about the animal and plant life found in these areas. 

7. Tour Groups

As tours begin to resume across various destinations and activities, it’s imperative that tour groups are provided with safety precautions to ensure they’re maintaining social distancing while still being able to enjoy the tour experience. 

With a wireless tour guide system, all participants can maintain the appropriate six feet distance from each other and still hear every word the guide is saying. 

8. Outdoor Fitness Classes

Most gyms and fitness centers are still closed, yet it’s still possible to offer classes in parks or other outdoors spaces. Using our FetchExpress portable audio streaming device, instructors can guide and motivate attendees while running drills up a hill, doing squats in a safely-spaced group, or quietly meditating under trees.   

It won’t be the summer any of us expected, but it can still be a lot of fun! If you’d like to learn more about how you can create fun and safer events for your customers with wireless audio streaming, contact us today. 

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How to Run Socially-Distant Tours with AudioFetch

By | Tour Guides, Travel | No Comments

Every industry has taken a major hit over the past two months, and that’s especially true for travel and tourism. With shelter in place orders across the globe, tours were brought to a standstill with few, if any, options for driving revenue. 

Now, as quarantine orders are being lifted, tour companies are eager to resume their unique tour experiences and begin generating revenue again. Yet, there are precautions they must now take to ensure the safety of both the tour group members and their staff. 

Requiring everyone to wear masks is a prerequisite. Limiting the number of people in any single tour group is wise. Modifying tour sites and attractions to avoid crowded areas should be considered. But how can people hear the tour guide when everyone must stand at least six feet away? 

Our AudioFetch technology is the perfect solution! Using our FetchExpress portable audio streaming device, tour guides can broadcast their voice to anyone within 300 feet in any direction. This allows for ample distance between tour group attendees, and provides your business with a responsible and marketable advantage. 

How Does AudioFetch Make Tours Safer

Our FetchExpress solution is lightweight, portable and has built-in Wi-Fi, turning the tour guide into a walking hotspot for listeners. Installing and using FetchExpress is incredibly simple, and requires just a few steps:

  1. Install FetchExpress – Turn on the FetchExpress and plug in the microphone. Seriously, it’s that easy!
  2. Download AudioFetch App – Tour members download the free AudioFetch App to their smartphone or tablet, connect to the FetchExpress Wi-Fi network, and launch the app.
  3. Ensure a Safe Distance – Make sure the tour guide and members are standing at least six feet apart and maintain this distance if it’s a walking tour or there’s any movement required during the tour. 
  4. Start the Tour – The tour guide speaks into the microphone and members listen via the app. 

For more stationary tours, or so that entire families can hear together, a bluetooth speaker can be paired with the phone or tablet to extend the audio. 

We also include a free wireless tour guide accessories kit with each purchase, freeing up the tour guide’s hands to point out important sights and ensuring they don’t run out of juice on longer tours. The accessories kit includes a hip pack, a headset microphone, a USB battery, and a battery charger cable. 

As the travel and tour industry begins to reopen, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect everyone involved. It’s also important that potential customers know about the measures you’re taking, and feel confident that their health and safety will not be jeopardized during their experience with your tour business.

If you have questions about how AudioFetch allows you to run tours more responsibly with our tour guide system app and WiFi audio stream, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you get your tour business back up and running, and doing so in the safest way possible.

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How to Enhance College Tours for Gen Z

By | Education, Tour Guides | No Comments

Every summer, many colleges and universities experience an influx of potential students who want to know what makes one institution stand out from the rest. Leaving home for college is an exciting step toward adulthood which involves many stressful unknowns, and even the most confident student might find themselves feeling anxiety. Not only does your college tour need to help ease this nervousness, but it also needs to effectively showcase your school as the best choice, but the incoming generation of students isn’t quite like years past: This is Gen Z.

All students want to learn the history of the school, the locations of the various departments on campus (particularly the one for their major), the location of the dorms and student union. Additionally, showing prospective students the beauty of the campus, the art work, the quiet places to study and the loud places to make friends are all great ways to show why your school is special. 

While they can learn more of this online, Gen Z students prefer in-person experiences over digital. This is why your tour needs to present what makes your school special in the ways that interest them. Gen Z students aren’t as interested in making money like previous generations, they are interested in making a difference:

Not only will a college need to show off the school, but it will also need to align with its new student’s desire to improve the world and affect positive change. Once your tour is catered especially for Gen Z students, it’s important that it be heard clearly – because Gen Z is also the listening generation. Since 98% of Gen Z own a smartphone, a WiFi audio streaming solution that transmits audio directly to their smartphones is a cost effective way to ensure they hear every word of your college tour. 

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch can help improve your campus tours with a wireless tour guide system or education sound system, contact us today.  

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3 Fun Ways to Enjoy the Summer!

By | Tour Guides, Churches, Education, General, Hearing Assistance, Music, streaming, Theater | No Comments

Summer is finally here, with its long days that stretch into evening, allowing more time to enjoy life outside, more fun with friends, more time for playing sports. Being outside has amazing benefits as well. Just being outside can lower blood pressure, fight depression and improve memory.  Natural sunlight helps mitigate pain and boost the immune system, plus being outdoors enhances creativity, improves vision, and there’s all that natural aromatherapy.  And it’s all natural. Here are 3 fun ways to be outside and spend time with loved ones (and maybe even learn something):

Outdoor Theater

Attending an outdoor theater production with a picnic is not only healthy for the body because you’re outdoors, but healthy for the mind and spirit too. “Theater is one of the higher cultural activities that mark us as imaginative, creative and truly human,” says Dr. Glenn D Wilson. If the performance includes comedy, all the better. The Mayo Clinic explains that laughter is great for relieving stress and stimulating organs. In the short term, giggling causes a boost in endorphins, the brain’s feel-good chemicals.

Of course, if you don’t arrive early enough to get a seat close to the stage, it may be difficult to hear the actors. Children playing, conversations nearby, traffic, or people walking around can distract from hearing the play. Look for outdoor theaters that offer audio over WiFi streaming so you can be sure to hear every word of the production or even listen to audio translated, if the venue offers live translation.

Walking Tours

Many cities, and even small towns, offer informative and fun walking tours that could help you learn more about the place you are visiting or even your hometown.  Or why not create your own walking tour and invite your friends and family?  Or have your children do it and get an entirely different perspective? They can visit the local history museum and ask the research librarian to help them, or better yet, visit a nursing home and get first-hand stories about locations around town. Intergenerational activity is a great way for parents to help their kids connect with older generations. The children will be so proud to inform everyone about the town and community.  

Of course, if you create your own local walking tour, you might get a crowd and you’ll want to make sure that they can all hear you. A wireless tour guide system is a simple solution to transmit your tour audio directly to your participants’ devices.

Movies Under the Stars

Drive-ins used to be common in cities and even small towns, but now there are only a handful left anywhere. However, with a wireless audio streaming solution that can be easily connected to a projector, it’s easy to make your own outdoor theater. The only other thing you’ll need is a blank white wall (or simply tack up a white sheet).  And, of course, a movie.

You can make it a private event, or if you screen your movie on the side of a building, your outdoor movie screening can become a fun community-building event. The best part is that with an audio streaming solution that transmits audio directly to users’ mobile devices, you’ll never have to worry about disturbing your neighbors!

No matter what you do this summer, we hope you will be sure to gain the benefits of being outdoors. Let us know if we can help make your summer even better by contacting us.

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Level Up Your Next Field Trip with a WiFi PA System

By | Education, Hearing Assistance, Theater, Tour Guides | No Comments

Most students enjoy taking a field trip because it offers more time to socialize, it breaks up the routine of the classroom, and they don’t have to eat in the cafeteria! But field trips are also beneficial to learning because they expand a child’s awareness of the world and they help with memory.

According to a study at the University of Arkansas, taking a field trip to a live theater performance enhanced literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students. And, a recent study by Emilyn Ruble Whitesell at New York University, showed that middle-school students who participated in science field trips scored higher on a standardized science test. Ruble believes that this is because field trips and hands-on learning make concepts more memorable.

These studies point to the fact that field trips are beneficial for students on multiple levels, but that’s only if you can manage to keep students engaged. Increased class sizes can make many field trip groups difficult to manage, and with budget cuts it’s important to find an economical solution that makes the most of readily available resources like a student’s smartphone. A personal PA system for teachers or field trip guides, one with built in WiFi, can transmit audio from the speaker directly to a student’s smart device.

With a wireless tour guide system from AudioFetch, students can have the freedom to roam during a field trip while staying connected to the teacher or tour guide providing vital information about the experience. It can also keep students hands free to take notes, and because they use their own devices, the school doesn’t have to budget for upkeep on headsets or another type of wireless tour guide system. Finally, with built in WiFi, educators are empowered to take their class anywhere and ensure that learning is uninterrupted by others in the area.

If you’re an educator and want to learn more, contact us to find out if an AudioFetch personal PA system could help you level up your next field trip.

And don’t forget, we’re in the final weeks of our #WHYIGUIDE tour guide giveaway! To enter, record a video (<30 seconds) explaining why you love being a tour guide, and post it to our Facebook page or upload the video to your Instagram profile, and use the hashtags: #WhyIGuide and #TourGuideLife. Every video uploaded between March 18 and April 30 with those hashtags is automatically entered, and the winner will be chosen at random in May. Full rules and eligibility


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The Ultimate Guide for Tour Guides!

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This month we’re hosting the #WHYIGUIDE tour guide giveaway so we thought we’d put together 3 of our most popular blogs for tour guides! Learn more about our solutions for tour guides here.

To enter the giveaway record a video (<30 seconds) explaining why you love being a tour guide, and post it to our Facebook page or upload the video to your Instagram profile, and use the hashtags: #WhyIGuide and #TourGuideLife. Every video uploaded between March 18 and April 30 with those hashtags is automatically entered, and the winner will be chosen at random in May. Full rules and eligibility

5 Tips For Tour Guides:

With summer edging up closer and closer, it means that tours are going to get packed. As a tour guide, the goal is to always provide a memorable and informative visit. To make every experience as great as possible for your tour members, here are five quick tips for tour guides to keep in mind this travel season…read more!

Make It About The Tour Not The Headset:

Imagine you’ve scheduled a tour at a museum and you want to make sure all your patrons can hear you talk about the artwork, the building and history without disturbing the other museum guests. Maybe you’re thinking of trying out one of those wireless tour guide headsets that you wear over your ear while your guests carry a receiver like fanny pack.  What happens if suddenly 3 patrons can’t hear because the batteries have died? All you have to do is stop the tour while you change the batteries (hopefully you brought enough with you), and then restart where you left off and hope you didn’t leave anything out….read more!

Get Creative With A Portable PA System For Business:

Are you looking for a distraction-free PA system for your business? One that is portable, convenient, and affordable? The simplicity of the AudioFetch’s wireless tour guide system FetchExpress may be exactly what you need. With it’s simple design and ease of installation the FetchExpress can help keep communication with your customers, guests and team clear and effective…read more!

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Want to Win a Free FetchExpress? Tell Us Why You Love Being a Tour Guide

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UPDATE: Contest entry period has ended.

Being a tour guide is a dream job for many. In fact, it was ranked the 3rd best job for work-life balance by Business Insider last year. And it’s hard not to see why–experience new environments, meet new and interesting people, learn about art, history and culture, and of course, get paid to see the world! These are just some of the reasons we know tour guides love their jobs.

But we know there are a million more. And we need you to tell us what they are. That’s why we’re hosting the “Why I Guide” giveaway contest. Tell us what you love about your job and you’ll be entered to win a free FetchExpress, the best wireless tour guide system and app out there, and a custom Tour Guide Accessories Kit (USB battery, battery charger cable, headset microphone, belt pack). FetchExpress allows your tour groups to hear your voice better without distractions or distracting others. Using built-in WiFi, FetchExpress broadcasts your voice live to your guests’ smartphones via the free AudioFetch App.

Entering the contest is easy — just record a video (<30 seconds) explaining why you love being a tour guide, and post it to our Facebook page or upload the video to your Instagram profile, and use the hashtags: #WhyIGuide and #TourGuideLife. Every video uploaded between March 18 and April 30 with those hashtags is automatically entered, and the winner will be chosen at random in May.

What are you waiting for? Record that video and head over to Facebook or Instagram to enter!

Full rules and eligibility.